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Published:November 8th, 2006 10:41 EST
Big Story for the Small Screen

Big Story for the Small Screen

By Anne Laszlo Howard

(New York- NY) - Live and broadcast globally by webcast from the Museum of Television & Radio in New York, Robert Redford, Sundance Institute president and founder announced this morning at 10 a.m. a new project from the Sundance Film Institute, to bring to your cellular phone, short films from independent filmmakers.

Redford reiterated the most important mission of the Film Institute, one that is often overshadowed by the Sundance Film Festival, “a mission of discovery, to support and nurture independent filmmakers and new talents". Redford went on adding "cell phones are fast becoming the ‘fourth screen’ medium, after television, cinema and computers.” “We feel this experiment embodies fully, our quarter-century dedication to exploring new platforms to support wider distribution of independent voices in filmmaking. We are excited about bringing this opportunity to independent filmmakers and most excited to see what they will do with it,” added Redford. .  Six filmmakers have been selected. Some of them unknown and others with recent feature film success, such as Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

The six filmmakers featured in the Sundance Film Festival: Global Short Film Project are Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – 06 SFF), Justin Lin (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW – 02 SFF), Maria Maggenti (PUCCINI FOR BEGINNERS – 06 SFF), Cory McAbee (THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT – SFF 01) and Jody Hill (THE FOOT FIST WAY – SFF 06).

The Sundance Institute will exclusively premiere these completed short films on the opening day of the world’s biggest annual mobile event, the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona next year (12-15 February 2007). The event attracts more than 50,000 visitors annually from across the mobile value chain. The films will be available for cell phone downloads during the congress for attendees and for broader distribution through mobile carriers immediately following the event – further details will be announced early next year. 

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